Review: Sins of My Father by Lisa Cardiff (Black Brothers #1)
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Archer Black has known nothing but hatred and revenge toward on particular individual for nearly half his life. He wants to make Senator Thomas Wharton suffer and he's willing to take any means necessary to get what he wants, even if it means using the senator's stepdaughter, Langley Mayer. Senator Wharton has his eye set on the Oval Office, but Archer is going to do everything in his power to make sure the senator never gets close enough. Once it's been set in motion, Archer refuses to listen to rhyme or reason. He's been planning too long to give up now, but the one thing he never prepared for was falling in love with Langley.
Sins of My Father is the first in the Black Brothers series from Lisa Cardiff and is a romantic suspense novel set in U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. The main characters are Archer Black, the thirty-two-year-old owner of Black Industries, a wealth management company known for its success and exclusivity, and whose rags-to-riches life story has fascinated the public, and Langley Mayer, the twenty-four-year-old daughter of a famous actor who passed away from a drug overdose and whose mother married a U.S. senator now gunning for the presidency. Their meeting may appear like a coincidence but is all part of Archer's plan to take down Langley's stepfather, Senator Thomas Wharton, who just happens to be Archer's biological father but someone who has never acknowledged that paternity at any point in time.
I liked the suspense thriller aspect of this story, though I do wish that Archer's being Senator Wharton's son was never revealed in the blurb because then it would have been the biggest twist of all and it's those twists that can make or break a book in this genre. Still, the anticipation was there as to when and how Archer's secret would be revealed and how Langley would take it. There was a lot of romance that went on between Archer and Langley and Robert Burns's line "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley" (paraphrased as "The best-laid plans of mice and man often go awry") from his poem To a Mouse is one that speaks best about what happened with Archer's plan of revenge and justice. The idea behind Lisa Cardiff's story was one that I had never come across before, so I applaud her originality and storytelling.
Stories like this spotlight the kind of values a person has. In Archer's case, as his feelings for Langley deepen, he has to make certain choices: to tell her the truth or not and to continue plotting and executing revenge against Senator Wharton or choosing a life with Langley. The thing is, while the first one should be a no-brainer (because letting a lie, even if it is one of omission, go on for too long makes the consequences far worse), the second one is more difficult to deal with. Senator Wharton is not a good person, so while Archer may be in love with Langley, the not-so-good senator also needs to pay for his crimes. I do like how everything played out and enjoyed the story from start to finish. I'll definitely keep an eye out for the next in the series, which I assume will be about Knox. Sins of My Father gets 4.5 stars! ♥
Date Read: 11 August 2015
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